Bryson Morgan rejoined Caplin & Drysdale's Political Law and Exempt Organizations groups after serving as Investigative Counsel at the U.S. House of Representatives Office of Congressional Ethics. As Investigative Counsel, Mr. Morgan conducted investigations into alleged misconduct by Members of Congress and congressional staff. His experience in both government and private practice give him a well-rounded perspective on political law compliance, and make him an authority on congressional ethics rules and investigations.
At Caplin, Mr. Morgan helps clients navigate the complex laws governing political activity and issue advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels, including campaign finance, lobbying, "pay-to-play," and ethics laws. He also advises corporations, nonprofit advocacy groups, political committees, candidates, and officeholders involved in criminal and civil political-law investigations by the Federal Election Commission ("FEC"), Department of Justice ("DOJ"), Internal Revenue Service, House Committee on Ethics, U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics, Office of Congressional Ethics ("OCE"), and state and local enforcement agencies.
Mr. Morgan's experience conducting congressional ethics investigations uniquely positions him to advise clients through all stages of high-stakes ethics investigations, from responding to inquiries and requests for information, to preparing witness testimony and negotiating settlement agreements.
Illustrations of Mr. Morgan's work for clients, include:
- Serving as outside counsel to a 2016 presidential campaign;
- Responding to political law complaints, inquiries, and audits from enforcement agencies;
- Conducting internal investigations and compliance reviews related to political activities; and
- Presenting training sessions to corporate and nonprofit clients on political activity compliance and best practices.
Mr. Morgan graduated with honors from the University of Utah and Harvard Law School. During law school, he served as a legal clerk to the U.S. House of Representatives Office of Congressional Ethics and interned at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, Massachusetts in the Economic Crimes Unit. He also co-founded PlayoffPAC, which was nominated in 2011 for Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year award for its work in bringing down college football's unpopular former post-season system, the Bowl Championship Series.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Morgan co-authored a college textbook on interest groups and lobbying in the United States, Lobbying in American (ABC-CLIO, 2009), researched the development of interest groups in Lithuania under a grant from the National Science Foundation, and interned at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working in the areas of campaign finance, redistricting, and government ethics.